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A meeting on ways to control jet noise

Shown is an aerial photo of John F.

Shown is an aerial photo of John F. Kennedy International Airport taken at sunset. (June 26, 2011) Credit: Kevin P Coughlin

Federal and airport officials are expected to attend a community meeting Monday to address ways to control jet noise in communities near Kennedy Airport.

Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and elected officials are expected to attend the meeting of the Town-Village Aircraft Safety Noise Abatement Committee at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of New Hyde Park Road School, 300 New Hyde Park Rd.

Members of the 40-year-old coalition have called for equitable distribution of flights onto the airport’s eight runway approaches, a ban on low-flying planes and a reduction in late-night flights as ways to reduce aircraft noise. The committee represents 13 communities in Hempstead and North Hempstead towns with nearly 145,000 people.

At the last meeting in March, FAA officials said they rarely sanction airline pilots who fly over Long Island below altitude guidelines, adding pilots have the authority to breach altitude guidelines only for safety reasons. FAA regulations call for pilots flying over populated areas to maintain 1,000 feet altitude, with safety exceptions, they said.

In February, a proposed three-way agreement between the anti-noise committee, the FAA and the Port Authority — to detail each agency’s responsibilities for noise abatement procedures — fell apart.

FAA officials have said runway usage is determined by many factors, including wind direction, weather conditions, construction projects and noise abatement procedures.

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